Officials urge Tyson Foods to shut down plant after employees test positive for COVID-19More

As cases of COVID-19 spike in Black Hawk County, Iowa, the local sheriff is blasting Tyson Foods, and local officials are calling for the company to shut down its plant in Waterloo, raising concerns for the community’s safety and the continuity of the nation’s meat supply.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said he’s concerned that COVID-19 will overrun his community if the Tyson Foods plant doesn’t take proper precautions, including temporarily shutting it down.

“My personal opinion is that it should be closed,” Thompson said. “I think we need a hard boot, reset on that plant. I think we need to be able to sort out and cull the herd between the haves and the have-nots there. I think we